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Dr. Carter Named President of USA Branch of IFE
Firehouse Magazine Contributing Editor Dr. Harry R. Carter was installed as President of the United States of America Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) of Great Britain on August 17 at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago, IL. Dr. Carter had previously served as the Vice President and Secretary of the association.
A 49-year veteran of the fire and emergency service world, Dr. Carter currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissions for Howell Township Fire District #2 and is an Ex-Chief, Active Life Member and Chaplain of the Adelphia Fire Company. He served more than 26 years in the Newark, NJ, Fire Department, retiring as a Battalion Chief in 1999.
He is a Life Member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Past President and Life Member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI). He is a retired military officer and formerly served as Fire Marshal for the New Jersey Division of Military and Veteran’s Affairs.
He has served as a Contributing Editor for Firehouse Magazine since 1990.
Dix Hills FD Honors Reithel for 50 Years of Service
The Dix Hills, NY, Fire Department recently honored Ex-Chief and past Commissioner Fred Reithel for his 50 years of outstanding and dedicated volunteer service to the department and community. At the August department meeting, the 92-year-old Reithel was recognized with proclamations and citations from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other politicians as well as several fire service organizations.
Reithel, who has seen the community grow from a predominantly rural and farm community to a mainly residential area with several heavily traveled major highways, is still an active member of the Fire Police.
FDNY Receives Donation of Table Tennis Equipment
SPiN Galactic has partnered with STIGA to donate Olympic-grade table tennis equipment to the FDNY. The donation included 10 Optimum 30 tables, along with the requisite nets, paddles and grosses of balls. SPiN New York is a first of its kind nightclub concept from Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon. With its roots in a weekly underground social event started in 2007, SPiN is largely considered the catalyst for the rise in popularity of the once-nerdy sport. STIGA, a global company with partners in more than 100 countries, has been a world leader in the sport of table tennis for more than 60 years.
“The friendly competition that Ping-Pong promotes is an excellent source of exercise,” said FDNY Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. “This generous donation of Olympic-quality tables from Susan and her team at SPiN along with STIGA, will serve to enhance firefighter attention and agility, as well as overall fitness.”
SAFD Opens Services & Logistics Facility
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles N. Hood was joined by Councilman Ray Lopez of District 6, serving as Mayor Pro-Tem, and other City officials in a hose uncoupling ceremony to officially open the San Antonio Fire Department’s (SAFD) new Services & Logistics Facility located on the City’s northwest side.
“Services & Logistics serves as a hub for all of the repair and supply work the SAFD does and I am pleased to say that District 6 is their new home,” said Councilman Lopez.
The San Antonio Fire Department has 51 stations spread across the city of San Antonio and each one relies on Services & Logistics for the repair and routine maintenance of fire and EMS apparatus. They service more than 360 vehicles for the department. Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), thermal imaging cameras and gas detection monitors are also maintained and repaired in this facility. Personnel at the facility are responsible for repairs and maintenance to fire stations as well. Additionally, the facility supplies each fire station with equipment like axes, hose and even trash bags.